Shelby Bradford, PhD

Shelby Bradford, PhD

Shelby earned her PhD in immunology and microbial pathogenesis from West Virginia University, where she studied neonatal responses to vaccination. She completed an AAAS Mass Media Fellowship at StateImpact Pennsylvania, and her writing has also appeared in Massive Science. She participated in the 2023 flagship ComSciCon and volunteered with science outreach programs and Carnegie Science Center during graduate school. Shelby joined The Scientist as an assistant editor in August 2023. 

Articles by Shelby Bradford, PhD
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Biological Sex Influences Brain Protein Expression
Shelby Bradford, PhD | Apr 4, 2024 | 3 min read
Neurological disorders often have sex biases, and these differences could be due to altered protein expression in the brain.
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Starting Up a New Endeavor
Shelby Bradford, PhD | Apr 1, 2024 | 2 min read
In his lab, Hashim Al-Hashimi investigated how RNA molecules move. Along the way, he founded a company.
Flagellated rod-shaped bacteria live on intestinal tissue.
Clostridia to the Rescue
Shelby Bradford, PhD | Mar 27, 2024 | 3 min read
Some commensal bacteria help shore up intestinal walls in mice, which can prevent food allergies.
A pregnant woman blowing her nose.
Viral Immune Responses Suppress a Gestational Hormone
Shelby Bradford, PhD | Mar 25, 2024 | 4 min read
Influenza infection activates a pathway that leads to a detrimental drop in progesterone during pregnancy in mice.
Infographic: Vaccinating Against Tumors
Shelby Bradford, PhD | Mar 15, 2024 | 1 min read
Cancer vaccines offer the opportunity to use the patient’s own immune system in the fight against tumors.
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Cancer Vaccination as a Promising New Treatment Against Tumors
Shelby Bradford, PhD | Mar 15, 2024 | 10+ min read
Vaccination has beaten back infections for more than a century. Now, it may be the next big step in battling cancer.
Stay Salty: Maternal Diet Affects an Offspring’s Neuronal Taste Circuit
Shelby Bradford, PhD | Mar 6, 2024 | 3 min read
Low salt intake during pregnancy in mice influences the pruning of extra synapses of the taste circuit later in life.
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Artificial Neural Networks: Learning by Doing
Shelby Bradford, PhD | Mar 1, 2024 | 8 min read
Designed to mimic the brain itself, artificial neural networks use mathematical equations to identify and predict patterns in datasets and images.
Fluorescent microscopy image of an embryo model representing four tissue layers of this developmental stage. Cyan-labeled cells are clustered at the top of an ovoid structure, underneath them are yellow-labeled cells and under them red-labeled cells, and surrounding all three layers are white labeled cells.
The First Human Embryo Model From Embryonic Stem Cells
Shelby Bradford, PhD | Mar 1, 2024 | 2 min read
Jacob Hanna developed a method for replicating embryogenesis outside of the uterus to understand the underlying mechanisms.
One Protein to Rule Them All
Shelby Bradford, PhD | Feb 28, 2024 | 10+ min read
p53 is possibly the most important protein for maintaining cellular function. Losing it is synonymous with cancer.